Salmonella exploits Arl8B-directed kinesin activity to promote endosome tubulation and cell-to-cell transfer

Cell Microbiol. 2011 Nov;13(11):1812-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-5822.2011.01663.x. Epub 2011 Sep 14.


The facultative intracellular pathogen Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium establishes a replicative niche, the Salmonella-containing vacuole (SCV), in host cells. Here we demonstrate that these bacteria exploit the function of Arl8B, an Arf family GTPase, during infection. Following infection, Arl8B localized to SCVs and to tubulated endosomes that extended along microtubules in the host cell cytoplasm. Arl8B(+) tubules partially colocalized with LAMP1 and SCAMP3. Formation of LAMP1(+) tubules (the Salmonella-induced filaments phenotype; SIFs) required Arl8B expression. SIFs formation is known to require the activity of kinesin-1. Here we find that Arl8B is required for kinesin-1 recruitment to SCVs. We have previously shown that SCVs undergo centrifugal movement to the cell periphery at 24 h post infection and undergo cell-to-cell transfer to infect neighbouring cells, and that both phenotypes require kinesin-1 activity. Here we demonstrate that Arl8B is required for migration of the SCV to the cell periphery 24 h after infection and for cell-to-cell transfer of bacteria to neighbouring cells. These results reveal a novel host factor co-opted by S. Typhimurium to manipulate the host endocytic pathway and to promote the spread of infection within a host.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • ADP-Ribosylation Factors / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Endosomes / metabolism*
  • Endosomes / microbiology*
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Humans
  • Kinesins / metabolism*
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Salmonella typhimurium / pathogenicity*


  • ARL8B protein, human
  • KIF5B protein, human
  • Kinesins
  • ADP-Ribosylation Factors